Election 2019 Updates: All Eyes On Mumbai Elections As Celebrities Queue Up To Vote
Billionaires and Bollywood stars are lining up to vote and elect lawmakers as part of the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019. In Mumbai, the Congress and its ally, Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress party or NCP, are trying to wrest the six seats from the BJP-Shiv Sena combine. Last time, the Sena won three seats and the BJP three. The Maximum City is set for several high-profile contests: the BJP's Poonam Mahajan versus Congress's Priya Dutt Mumbai North-Central; in Mumbai North, it is Congress's Urmila Matondkar versus sitting lawmaker Gopal Shetty. Congress leader Milind Deora is contesting from Mumbai South against Sena's sitting lawmaker Arvind Sawant. Overall, voters will decide on 72 seats spread across nine states. The star candidates whose electoral fortunes will be decided include six Union ministers. Among them are ministers Giriraj Singh, Subhash Bhamre, SS Ahluwalia, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, PP Chaudhary, Sudarshan Bhagat, and Babul Supriyo. Former union ministers Salman Khurshid and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury are also among the contestants. Polling for the seven-phase election ends on May 19, the counting of votes will be held on May 23.
Actor Priyanka Chopra, Congress candidate from Mumbai North and actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, BJP lawmaker and actor Paresh Rawal and seasoned actors Rekha and Madhuri Dixit Nene were among the early celeb voters who reached election booths in Mumbai this morning to cast their votes as polling began in all six seats of country's financial capital.
Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani voted at GD Somani School in Cuffe Parade area soon after polling for the fourth phase began at 7 am. Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran, Adi Godrej, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das were also among the early voters.
"Every vote is a voice that counts," Priyanka Chopra tweeted after casting her vote.
Madhuri Dixit, who voted at a polling booth in Juhu, urged citizens to "vote wisely". "Voting is our right, let's use it wisely! The future of our country is in our hands. Let's do our duty and #VoteForIndia. (sic)," she tweeted.
Also, there are other actors who voted this afternoon are superstar Salman Khan, Vidya Balan, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kareena Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Bachhans and more Queue Up To Vote.